Police search for attempted kidnapping suspect

Stockton police are searching for a man suspected of trying to kidnap a little boy.

Dale Hardin, 45, aka Red, tried to kidnap a 4-year-old boy at an apartment complex in the 4500 block of Shelley Court on Sunday, police said.

Family told police that when the boy saw Hardin, he told a relative that Hardin tried kidnap him once before. A group of people went after Hardin, who then ran into a second-floor apartment unit.

A disturbance broke out in the unit. Police said 44-year-old Tommy Alejandro was shot and killed when he tried to help calm the situation.

Investigators believe Hardin may have approached other young victims in the area.

If you have information about Hardin's whereabouts, you are urged to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377.


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